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Why is Russia doing so well?

Why is Russia doing so well?

Michael Howell, Managing Director, CrossBorder Capital

Considering the circumstances, the Russian economy has been impressively resilient in recent years. The inevitable collapse that many predicted, founded on collapsing oil and gas prices, corruption and Western-led sanctions, has not come to pass: indeed, a combination of new economic policies has seen an increased stability, with inflation in decline after the troubling peaks of 2016 and dependence on foreign debt much reduced.

UK-Japanese co-operation; Trade, Defence, Aid

UK-Japanese co-operation; Trade, Defence, Aid

H.E. Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan to the UK

Prime Minister Abe’s recent statement that Britain would be welcomed into the Trans-Pacific Partnership with “open arms” sent a clear and welcome message to our beleaguered government: there is a world outside the EU, and it wants to work with Britain. The UK is Japan's second-biggest investment destination after the US, with £117bn committed as of 2017. With strong ties in industry and defence the foundations for a long and profitable trade relationship are already in place.

A new international order. How profound is the change?

A new international order. How profound is the change?

Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE, Former Chief of MI6

The D Group is delighted to welcome Sir Richard Dearlove, former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, from 1999 to 2004. With a career spanning over thirty-eight years in British Intelligence, Sir Richard rose to Chief, known as “C”, after serving as a frontline case officer behind the Iron Curtain, in Geneva and Paris, in Africa and as station head in Washington D.C. Sir Richard was elected the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 2004.

IoT disrupting way industries delivering their product & services

IoT disrupting way industries delivering their product & services

Rob Evans, Director Ecosystems and Channels, GE Digital

As part of the GE Digital Ecosystems team, Rob enables Service Providers, ISV's and System Integrators to partner with GE Digital to deliver digital transformation with GE’s Industrial Internet Solutions.

Lunch with Jake Berry MP

Lunch with Jake Berry MP

Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government 

Jake Berry was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 8 January 2018. He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from 14 June 2017 to January 2018.

China - the view on the key opportunities and challenges for British business in 2019

China - the view on the key opportunities and challenges for British business in 2019

Richard Burn, HM Trade Commissioner for China, Department for International Trade

China will be clearly be a major market as Britain looks to build and cement trade relationships globally in a post-Brexit world.  Trade between the two countries is at record levels, worth over £59 billion annually, with British exports to China growing by more than 60% since 2010.  Chinese investment into the UK more than doubled from $11 billion in 2016, to $28 billion in 2017, making it one of the largest European recipients of Chinese foreign direct investment.

What next for UK business?

What next for UK business?

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

What next for UK business? The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, will discuss next steps on Brexit and how businesses can be part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.

Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles

Jonathan Brearley, Executive Director, Ofgem

Jonathan was appointed Executive Director of Systems and Networks from 1 April 2018. He is responsible for energy systems strategy, leads on regulation of price controls for the distribution and transmission networks for gas and electricity (RIIO) and leads on the interconnector and offshore transmission regimes.

How UK business can encourage innovation

How UK business can encourage innovation

Dr Ian W Campbell, Executive Chair, Innovate UK

We are delighted to welcome Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair for Innovate UK, who has extensive entrepreneurial and business experience in the healthcare sector to lead a discussion over dinner on 13th February.

Keeping London safe

Keeping London safe

Commissioner Cressida Dick CBE QPM, Metropolitan Police

Educated at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Commissioner Dick joined the Metropolitan Police as Constable in 1983. She spent several years as a Superintendent with Thames Valley Police before returning to the Met as a Commander in 2001. From there, she advanced through the ranks to be appointed Commissioner in April 2017, and her first official duty was to attend the funeral of PC Keith Palmer, the officer killed in last year’s Westminster attacks.

EU Exit update

EU Exit update

Philip Rycroft, Head of UK Governance Group and Permanent Secretary, Department for Exiting the European Union

We are delighted to welcome back Philip Rycroft, Head of UK Governance Group and Permanent Secretary, Department for Exiting the European Union for a discussion over dinner on 21st February.

UK-Turkey Relations

UK-Turkey Relations

H.E Ümit Yalçınn Turkish Ambassador, Embassy of Turkey, London

We are delighted to welcome H.E Ümit Yalçın, Turkish Ambassador for a Lunch event on 27th November, who will be leading a discussion on “UK-Turkey Relations”.

The UK & Africa’s evolving partnership: the opportunities for greater mutual prosperity

The UK & Africa’s evolving partnership: the opportunities for greater mutual prosperity

Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Minister of State for International Development

Harriett Baldwin was appointed Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development on 9 January 2018.  Her previous brief was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence from July 2016 to January 2018.

A.I & Cyber Security

A.I & Cyber Security

Dr Pete Burnap, Data Science & Cyber Analytics, Cardiff University

Dr Pete Burnap is a Professor of Data Science & Cybersecurity at Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics. He developed a reputation for data-driven, innovative, and interdisciplinary research that broadly contributes to the growing field of Data Science, working closely with the Cardiff School of Social Sciences and School of Engineering.

Lunch with Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, MOD

Lunch with Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, MOD

General Sir Gordon Messenger KCB DSO* OBE ADC, Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence

Messenger was appointed as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in spring 2016, in succession to Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach. Messenger was formally promoted to full general on 16 May 2016. He is the first four-star Royal Marine general since 1977.

Lunch with Charles Gibbons, Chief Domain Architect - 5G & Service Management, BT

Lunch with Charles Gibbons, Chief Domain Architect - 5G & Service Management, BT

Charles Gibbons, Chief Domain Architect - 5G & Service Management, BT 

Charles is a Chief Architect at BT responsible for the Service Management and OSS domains. BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Charles’ work supports the service delivery of new propositions across multiple lines of business. His recent focus has been on the service management and OSS integration of EE into BT for the delivery of converged propositions. Charles is BT’s lead on IT & systems architecture for 5G.

Lunch with the Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport

Lunch with the Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport

The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport

Given his diverse portfolio of ministerial appointments across Work & Pensions, Justice and now Transport The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP is well equipped to lead the main effort and also our discussion. We look forward to listening to the Secretary of State as he sets out his vision for ensuring our transport network remains fit for purpose now and adaptable for the future.

Dinner with Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North

Dinner with Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North

Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North

Prior to his appointment at Transport for the North, Barry was Chief Executive at Scottish Futures Trust where he led the organisation in improving the planning and delivery of infrastructure investment and asset management in Scotland.

What is AI actually being used for today? – A discussion on real case studies

What is AI actually being used for today? – A discussion on real case studies

Adrian Gregory, CEO UK & Ireland, Atos

Adrian joined Atos in 2008 and became CEO in 2015 enhancing Atos’ position in a number of sectors including Financial Services, where Atos provides FCA regulated operational services.

Adrian is CEO UK&I, responsible for all aspects of client business and future strategy. He has a 20 year blue-chip background with experience of a wide range of technology solutions and multiple client sectors.

Lunch with Julian Kelly, Director General Nuclear, Defence Nuclear Organisation, Ministry of Defence

Lunch with Julian Kelly, Director General Nuclear, Defence Nuclear Organisation, Ministry of Defence

Julian Kelly, Director General Nuclear, Defence Nuclear Organisation, Ministry of Defence

Julian Kelly was appointed Director General Nuclear at the Ministry of Defence in May 2017.

As a Director General Nuclear, Julian is responsible for leading the Defence Nuclear Organisation, which acts as the focal point and sponsor for the Defence Nuclear Enterprise, from strategy to delivery. Prior to this appointment, Julian was Director General of Public Spending and Finance at HM Treasury. In this role Julian led work on the 2013 Spending Round.

Immigration is an economic necessity and we urgently need honest political leadership

Immigration is an economic necessity and we urgently need honest political leadership

James Kirkup, Director, The Social Market Foundation

Immigration remains a key political issue with a perceived public demand to better control immigration being a major factor in the EU referendum debate.  However, according the Social Market Foundation, the British public’s attitude towards immigration is much more a grey area than is commonly appreciated.

Dinner with General Sir Christopher Michael Deverell, KCB, MBE, ADC Gen

Dinner with General Sir Christopher Michael Deverell, KCB, MBE, ADC Gen

General Sir Chris Deverell KC MBE ADC Gen, Commander, Joint Forces Command UK

We are delighted to welcome General Sir Christopher Michael Deverell, KCB, MBE, ADC Gen for dinner on 3rd April 2018.
Promoted to Major General in 2008, he became Director General Logistics Support and Equipment in Headquarters Land Forces, before moving to Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) in 2011 as Director Materiel Strategy.  In 2012 he was appointed Chief of Materiel (Land) and Quartermaster General.  Upon promotion to General in April 2016 he assumed Command of Joint Forces Command.

New horizons for UK manufacturing?

New horizons for UK manufacturing?

Dick Elsy CBE, CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Dick Elsy is the Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Prior to his appointment, Dick spent his time at Land Rover and then Jaguar, where he was engineering director. At Land Rover he became a member of the Board from where he led the creation, development, and manufacture of the Freelander. Dick was also the CEO of Torotrak plc the FTSE listed developer of traction drive technology. Dick is the holder of a Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering and is also a Fellow of the IMech E and IET. Dick was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2018.

Dinner with Richard Threlfall

Dinner with Richard Threlfall

Richard Threlfall, Global Head of Infrastructure, KPMG International

Richard is Global Head of Infrastructure at KPMG. He has over 20 years’ experience in infrastructure policy, governance, strategy and financing, advising both public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas.

He has a particular interest in supporting the impending mobility revolution, promoting dialogue between the public and private sectors globally to maximise the social and economic benefits of autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and mobility as a service.

Lunch with Chris Skinner, The Finanser

Lunch with Chris Skinner, The Finanser

Chris Skinner, Author and Commentator, The Finanser

We are delighted to welcome Chris Skinner, known as an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling books Digital Bank, ValueWeb and its new sequel Digital Human for a Lunch event on 24th April. He is Chair of the European networking forum The Financial Services Club and Nordic Finance Innovation, as well as being a Non-Executive Director of the Fintech consultancy firm 11:FS.

Lunch with John Manzoni

Lunch with John Manzoni

John Manzoni, Chief Executive, Civil Service

John Manzoni became Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office in August 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Civil Service in October 2014 and continues in this role also. He joined the Cabinet Office in February 2014 as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority.

Advisory Boards – Their relevance in a changing society

Advisory Boards – Their relevance in a changing society

Paul Turner & Peter Felix CBE, Principals, Turner Felix Associates

Ultimately, an Advisory Board is there to provide strategic advice to management.  They are chosen to provide market knowledge and access to networks which compliment that of the overall management in an informal setting.  Does such a structure still have a place in company structures in today’s world?  We welcome Paul Turner and Peter Felix CBE to discuss the relevance of Advisory Boards in today’s business climate and what will make a successful union.

Lunch with Gareth Rhys Williams

Lunch with Gareth Rhys Williams

Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer and Non-Executive Director, Crown Commercial Service

Gareth Rhys Williams was most recently Chief Executive Officer of PHS Group, a leading provider of outsourced workplace services in the UK. Before joining PHS, Gareth was CEO of Charter International, the FTSE 250 engineering group, until its successful sale to Colfax Corporation in 2012. Prior to that, he was CEO of Capital Safety Group Ltd, since sold to KKR, and CEO of Vitec Group plc, the supplier of broadcast and photographic equipment and services.

The Gender Pay Gap

The Gender Pay Gap

Sarah Keeble, Partner, Employment Department, Mishcon de Reya 

We are delighted to welcome Sarah Keeble, Partner, Employment Department at Mishcon de Reya for a Lunch event on 16th May. Sarah is a Partner in the Employment department and has more than 25 years' experience advising on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment law, from large scale strategic reorganisation programmes to discrimination issues and executive disputes.

Dinner with The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP

Dinner with The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP

The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Ministry of Defence

We are delighted to welcome The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP for a Dinner event on 22nd May at The D Group.
Tobias Ellwood was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence on 14 June 2017. Tobias served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from July 2014 to June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Bournemouth East in May 2005.

The Future of Air Power

The Future of Air Power

Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen John Hillier, KCB, CBE, DFC, Chief of the Air Staff

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen John Hillier, KCB, CBE, DFC, ADC is a senior Royal Air Force officer. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions in the Gulf in 1999 and was awarded the US Bronze Star Medal for service in the Iraq War. He went on to be Air Officer Commanding, No. 2 Group, Director Information Superiority at the Ministry of Defence and then Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Capability). Hillier succeeded Air Chief Marshal Andrew Pulford as Chief of the Air Staff on 12 July 2016.

Dealing with the Russians

Dealing with the Russians

Dr Andrew Monaghan, Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security, The Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, University of Oxford

We are delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Monaghan, Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security, The Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, University of Oxford who will be leading a discussion, over dinner, on “Dealing with the Russians” on 30th May.

Why home ownership is the most important issue facing the Government

Why home ownership is the most important issue facing the Government

Robert Colvile, Director and Capx Editor-in-Chief, Centre for Policy Studies

We are delighted to welcome Robert Colvile, Director and Capx Editor-in-Chief at the Centre for Policy Studies, who will be leading a discussion over lunch on “Why home ownership is the most important issue facing the Government” on 4th June.

The Future of Smart Infrastructure in the UK

The Future of Smart Infrastructure in the UK

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We are delighted to welcome Andrew Wyllie, Chief Executive of Costain Group PLC, the smart infrastructure solutions company. Prior to taking up this role in 2005, he worked for Taylor Woodrow where he was Managing Director of the construction business and was a member of the Group Executive Committee.

Lunch with Dr Tim Stone CBE, The Nuclear Industry Assoication

Lunch with Dr Tim Stone CBE, The Nuclear Industry Assoication

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We are delighted to welcome Dr Tim Stone CBE,The Nuclear Industry Assoication for a Lunch event on 25th June 2019.
Dr. Timothy Stone is a businessman, senior expert adviser, and former public servant with interests in finance, nuclear power and infrastructure. Dr. Stone is Chairman of Nuclear Risk Insurers (the world’s leading insurer for the nuclear industry) a Non-Executive Director of Horizon Nuclear Power, a member of the Arup Group Board and is a senior expert Non-Executive Director on the board of the European Investment Bank where he is the longest serving member around the board table. 

Dinner with Michele Dix CBE, Crossrail 2

Dinner with Michele Dix CBE, Crossrail 2

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Michèle has led TfL's strategic thinking on the future transport needs of London, testing and challenging solutions; providing clear direction on appropriate transport solutions for the future; responsible for the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and transport requirements for the Mayor’s 2050 Infrastructure Plan; coordinating the implementation of local plans and borough partnerships; and developing major scheme interchanges.

Michele is now responsible for developing Crossrail 2 and gaining funding and powers for it. Michele is a visiting professor for UCL and is chair of an international committee PRESCOM for the UITP which promotes public transport research and best practice globally. 

Global Britain

Global Britain

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We are delighted to welcome General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff, Ministry of Defence, to discuss ‘Global Britain’.

Strategy

Strategy

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Jeremy Black studied at Queens' College Cambridge, St John's College Oxford, and Merton College Oxford before joining the University of Durham as a lecturer in 1980. There he gained his PhD and ultimately his professorship in 1994. He joined Exeter University as Established Chair in History in 1996.